What is website
If you want to have a website
you have to make that website available to outside users. Website
hosting is nothing more than a folde on a computer with an
Hey, that sounds like every
computer. Yes, it is. You could very easily host a website with
your own computer but you wont becasue of the technical aspects
and security of it.
You need to have a static ip
which most isp's wont give you. Also, most isp's will turn off
port 80 the standard port for http connections. Mainly, they don't
want you to run a website from your computer because of the cost
to them. They want you to use as little bandwidth as possible and
usually make it against their policy to use your home account to
But web hosting a slightly
more complicated than right clicking and adding a new folder for
mywebsite.com although it is essentialy what the host will do.
The website is a blank folder
that you can upload files to. But the folder is accessible to
anyone that wants to get to it to download files. Of course
uploading is limited to you via ftp or sftp.
If you use your own computer,
you don't need ftp you can just darg files into the folder you
assign to the website.
You can download the apache
web server software at http://apache.org and
get started if you really want to. Its not at all complicated as
far as computing goes. But other than installing the apache
dameon and cofiguring a website the rest is very complicated.
You need to run dns servers or
use a dns service which will cost you more than the complete
website. You will need t0 maintain the operating system and deal
with web hackers trying to access your computer which is now wide
open to the rest of the world.
I am not trying to scare you,
its just a fact.
The logistics of running a
website take years to learn and the $10 you pay for a complete
solution make running your own website just pointless. But the
concept is pretty basic and anyone with a desire to learn can do
it. There are forums that discuss hosting on DSL lines and cable
If you want to run a large
number of websites, you wont likely have enough bandwidth to do
it. If you host small numbers, then the cost of hosting
commerially is more efficient than owning your own equipment. But
if you want to learn more it is a great starting point but not a
viable solution for a business website.